It’s devastating when a woman loses her husband. Sometimes, wives prefer to focus only on the future, others look for ways to remember all the good times. People need to understand that everyone grieves differently. But for one woman, she did something so sweet that her story went viral.
Meet Christy Hester
Christy and her husband, Richard, were madly in love. Sure, they had their ups and downs like every married couple but they always found a solution to problems that arose. For these two, their life was truly a fairytale.
Sadly, Richard passed away in January of this year. Like any wife dealing with the loss of a loved one, this was a tough time for Christy. But with an outpouring of love and support from family and friends, somehow, she kept moving forward.
Perhaps one of the hardest parts of having a spouse die is that at some point, the other party has to go through all their personal belongings. With that process, they decide what to hand down to the kids, what to donate, and possibly, items to sell. It’s a very emotional journey.
Struggling with one thing
For the most part, Christy did a good job of finding a new home for Richard’s things. But for whatever reason, she couldn’t let go of his eyeglasses. In her words, “You get rid of some things and hold onto some things, and you don’t know why.”
An honorable man
Richard was a very well-liked individual. As Christy explained, “He just helped make people happy, he was funny, he was a jokester. He always let me know how much he loved me.” Although those are all precious memories, they don’t make the pain go away.
Christy couldn’t bear to get rid of Richard’s eyeglasses. For a long time, they just sat on a table, staring back at her. She knew she didn’t want to get rid of them but what on earth could use them for? Then, she got an idea.
Pinterest to the rescue
As someone who loved looking at things on Pinterest, Christy decided to see if she could come up with a way to save Richard’s glasses and make them useful. That’s when she spotted just what she was looking for. An ornament.
Gathering the supplies
That’s when she started getting all the supplies together that she’d need. Included were pipe cleaners, acrylic paint, and a Sharpie marker. From there, Christy began to create a “remembrance ornament.” Thanks to Pinterest, she was able to transform her late husband’s glasses into a snowman to hang on the Christmas tree.
Tears of joy
Looking at the finished project, Christy began to cry. But as she stated, “There were lots of tears but I think it’s healing.” Yes, her snowman ornament was the one thing she needed to start the healing process after losing her husband.
Sharing her creation
Feeling so much better, Christy chose to share her creation with a Facebook page called “Rainbows over Michigan,” the state where she lives. But what happened next took her by complete surprise. Almost immediately, people from near and far commented on the post and offered words of encouragement.
As a school teacher, Christy shared what she did with her students the following day. She asked them, “Am I going viral?” Well, with over 22,000 responses and 2,000 plus shares, yes, she was. Her parting words were the sweetest of all. “With every like and every comment, it was like my husband said, ‘I love you.’”
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